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Old November 20th, 2016, 06:31 AM   #1

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How to make a Stone Age/Neolithic model village?


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I've decided to try and create a Stone Age/Neolithic model village, does anyone have any tips on what to include? So far I've got the basic huts/skara brae/stone henge/early domestic animals etc. I might also include an Ice Age/Mesolithic scene with Woolly Mammoths etc, caves and perhaps hide tents. I'm a bit stuck on the Palaeolithic though as that's more obscure.

As a note to the Mods, should we include a History Models subforum somewhere? I'm sure that would be an area of great popularity and interest for historic model makers.

So far I'm considering making this on a large MDF board with papier mache and clay. The models I can purchase online (though I'm still trying to source this).

I shall post pics of my progress so stay tuned

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Old November 20th, 2016, 06:49 AM   #2

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Your Eminence will be aware, I'm sure, that there are in Southern England modern reproductions of British architecture that one can visit. One is over there just east of Winchester, and another is located, I believe, near Hastings. A visit to the site near Winchester was one of our main stops for the trip to UK. I'm pretty sure that similar reconstructions can be found elsewhere in the UK and Ireland. Neolithic Mesolithic or Paleolithic excavations should be easily found, and are the primary documents from which reconstruction efforts lean upon.
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Old November 20th, 2016, 07:08 AM   #3

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I think I visited some of those places years ago when I was at school, I'll certainly google them for some further info. IIRC they mostly had wattle and daub round houses and a few goats. I'm still searching around for prehistoric models but unfortunately the cave man style seems to be a pricey and niche item.

This should be quite a fun project If anyone else has any tips for modelling making I would be most obliged. I'm going with the papier-mache and MDF board for a base and I think I'll use painted/air drying clay for the henge stuff.
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Old November 20th, 2016, 07:34 AM   #4

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A neolithic village in the isle of Great Britain would have made all efforts to realize something really typical ...

A megalithic site.

Something like this I visited in Scotland [Aberdeenshire]

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You might to Google Din Lligwy or visit Norfolk.
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Old November 20th, 2016, 10:38 AM   #6

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You might also want to look at the foundations on which Roman and Norman buildings rest. Residential architecture will vary by date and location. Communities who lived on the wet marshes, for instance, would build differently from communities on high, rocky ground. Traditions stemming from the Long Houses may have survived in some locations. I think you will need to focus on a particular location and age. So far as we know, people didn't live in the henges and the current thought is that they (the hinges) were a means of tracking the seasons for ritual purposes. I believe that at Aylesbury the village which post dates the hinge, is built overlapping the stone circle. It might be interesting to collect the villager's folk-tales and legends regarding the hinge that has been part of village life from before Roman occupation.

Since it appears that I'll never be able to spend even a limited time in Southern England, I would welcome your reports and photos from the region.
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Your eminence,

Best wishes for your project.
Here is a video in which you can see a relevant model of "european" neolithic house, probably this you intend to build.
I wishe that this help you a little bit.
Sorry for the poor translation, it's an internet one.

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Maybe try add one of those now-extinct Irish Elks? They were bigger than modern moose!

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Mmmmmmmmm. Elk.

Or perhaps there were other megatherium more amenable to reconstruction?
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Thanks for your replies my fellow Historumites, this is of course going to be a scale model as unfortunately I don't have enough room on my landed estates to build a 1:1 scale. I have a roughly 1 metre MDF board to try and make it on. I think I'll skip the Palaeolithic as it's a bit too obscure, tho I may make it at a later date. For now I'll stick to the Ice Age/Mesolithic and Neolithic.

Sorry to hear that you won't be visiting the UK Asherman, I spose we're still somewhat fortunate for living in the information age that you can still view most things of interest via youtube.
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Natalie is in her second round of Chemotherapy, and that should end in February. Fighting the Cancer is taking a toll on both of us, and our mobility is in decline. If we can fiance a trip, we are obligated to time in Ireland (Dublin, Waterford, and Tipperary) to visit distant relatives. My highest priority would be at least a week up North at Berwick upon-Tweed and the surrounding area. I'm told our ancestors once held Bamburg for several hundred years, Holy Isle, and one of Capability Brown's later gardens are big attractions, and several of our Scot's colleagues around Sterliing are close enough for a good visit.

On the other hand we would love to visit with The Gower in Wales. There is so much to visit and so little time, that it would take at least a week from Bath to Canterbury. As originally planned that was made possible by hiring a driver/guide to babysit and off-set our physical limitations. In 2016 and before Cancer, that very nearly broke our budget. In 2017, or more likely in 2018, our finances and mobility issues would make it difficult to do. Perhaps a bit more likely, we might stay in the City and make day trips to Canterbury and Wales. If we should live so long, and the creek don't rise.
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